written by Jamie Shaw
Alright ladies, this post is for you! Breast health is a very important topic that is becoming widely recognized across the globe. There has been a lot of publicity around this topic especially since celebrity Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy.
Breast health is very important and there is a lot that can be done to prevent breast cancer. There are many lifestyle habits that can and should be practiced for healthy breasts!
Tips for healthy breasts:
Keep active- regular exercise can decrease your risk of breast cancer by over half
Aim to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night
Add seeds to your diet- seeds provide phytoestrogens which reduce the risk of breast cancer
Decrease the amount of animal fat in your diet
Eat colourful fruits and vegetables (antioxidant rich)
Eliminate soy from your diet (miso and tamari are exceptions as they are fermented)
Food plays a very important role in your overall health. Eating a clean healthy diet can make the world of a difference. So lets add these foods to your diet for healthy breasts!
Top 5 foods to promote healthy breasts:
Mushrooms- shitake, cremini, oyster and more are rich in antioxidants and help fight breast cancer in pre-menopausal women
Broccoli sprouts- these delicious things can destroy cells that lead to tumor growth
Plums and peaches- help kills breast cancer cells and keep the healthy cells intact
Beans and lentils- packed with fiber and folate which prevent cancer
Walnuts- these nuts can actually put a stop to the development of breast cancer tumors
Mushroom Arugula and Walnut Dressed Salad
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp of fresh finely chopped thyme
2 cups organic cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked quinoa)
2 large cups arugula
½ cup walnuts, chopped
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp ghee (clarified butter- can be heated to a high temperature)
sea salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper
Prepare the quinoa by combining 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover for 15 minutes, or until fluffy and water is all absorbed.
Heat the ghee in a pan. Add garlic and thyme to the pan and cook until they begin to bloom and you can really smell it! (Around 30 seconds)
Add mushrooms to the pan along with a pinch of sea salt and saute, until they have softened.
Transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl along with the quinoa and arugula. Chop the walnuts and toss in!
Stir all of the ingredients together.
Season with sea salt and black pepper. Enjoy!
Jamie Shaw is currently studying to be a Certified Nutritional Practitioner at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Prior to this she completed an Undergraduate Degree in Kinesiology from Western University. Jamie has worked as a Kinesiologist at a Physiotherapy clinic where she also did personal training and sports rehabilitation. Jamie is very enthusiastic about all things involving health, nutrition and overall wellness. This being why she has founded Pure Life Nutrition and Wellness. She is excited to share her knowledge and do everything she can to help others. Jamie has an online presence which she maintains through blogging for her website. You can also find her on Facebook and twitter.